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Alamo Center School


Photo by Sarah Hultmark, c.1981, History Room Photo File P-1295.

Location: (District #1) - section 21, a little west of 6th Street on south side of D Avenue.

Built in 1873, but preceded by two other buildings on nearby sites. The east room was added in 1896 for high school classes. Eleven diplomas were awarded at the first high school graduation in 1902. The high school functioned for about a dozen years. Annexed to the Otsego school district in 1957, it was last used for classes in 1960. It was used as a home for many years, but was destroyed by fire 22 June 1992. "The old building has played hostess to spelldowns, oratorical contests and debates, box socials, and has been the stage for countless plays and programs. It has served as a meeting hall, and the social center of the community, ...."


1899 A. M. Nutten
1900 A. M. Nutten, Carrie Dix
1901 A.  M. Nutten
1925-26 Hazel Sweet - also taught at Evergreen and Hackley Schools.
1927-30 Rosa Norton
1930-33 Hazel E. Richards - also taught at Hackley and Williams Schools.
1933-34 Arlene Campbell
1934-36 Bernice Bissell - also taught at Williams School.
1936-37 Martha Hoyt
1937-42 Wilma Ryder
1942-44 Frances Riley
1944-48 Katherine Eash - also taught at Tamarack and Alamo Valley Schools.
1948-49 Katherine Eash, Ellamae Porath
1949-50 Katherine Eash, Elizabeth Jackson
1950-51 Unknown
1951-52 Katherine Eash
1952-53 Janice Matina, Mildred Clapp - Mrs. Clapp also taught at Tamarack School.
1953-54 Eleanor S. Prichard, Frances Fox - Mrs. Prichard also taught at Hackley School
1954-55 Carol Neumann, Eva Gowell
1955-56 Eva Gowell, Marian Seehafer
1956-57 Eva Gowell, Jean Maxwell

Compiled by Catherine Larson, Local History Specialist, Kalamazoo Public Library, 1999. Mapped October 2008. Last updated 7 March 2012.



List of one-room schools still standing in Kalamazoo County in 1982

  • Hultmark, Sarah.
  • Manuscript, Local History Collection, Kalamazoo Public Library


Alamo Township, most northwest corner of Kalamazoo County, Michigan: past and present

  • Snow, Florence
  • Published by the Author, 1958
  • H 977.417 S67, pages 23, 31 & 43


"Alamo Center School closes doors on 87-year history"

  • Kalamazoo Gazette, 5 June 1960, page 15, column 2

"Old Alamo school burns"

  • Kalamazoo Gazette, 23 June 1992, page A1, column 2

Maps and atlases

Map of Kalamazoo County, Michigan

  • Geil & Harley, 1861
  • History Room atlas case, left shelf #2

Illustrated atlas of Kalamazoo County [Michigan] with early and present history of Kalamazoo County

  • Sauer, William C.
  • Wm. C. Sauer, 1890
  • History Room atlas case, left shelf #1

Standard atlas of Kalamazoo County, Michigan

  • Geo. A. Ogle & Co., 1910
  • History Room atlas case, left shelf #1

USGS topographic map for Kalamazoo County, 1918 (Kalamazoo Quadrangle)

  • History Room map case, left drawer #1


History Room Subject File: Alamo Center School

Teachers' and School Officers' Directory, Kalamazoo County, Michigan, 1925-1957 (title varies)

  • Shelved in a pamphlet box with H 379.774 K149 (History Room Storage)

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